Traffic Alert: Construction to begin on Cedar Lane / Marl Pit roundabout - Town of Middletown, Delaware

Traffic Alert: Construction to begin on Cedar Lane / Marl Pit roundabout

Date: October 15, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT - Cedar Lane Road and Marl Pit Road Intersection Improvements Phase 1 Construction
Begin on October 14, 2019 and through mid-December 2019

Middletown -- The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces to motorists that Phase 1 of the project will begin on October 14, 2019. The project will reconfigure the existing 4-Way Stop controlled intersection to a roundabout. Specific improvements will consist of new asphalt roadways, curbs and gutters, shared-use paths, median islands, a drainage system and street lighting.

Normal work hours during Phase 1 will be from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Single lane closures with flaggers will be allowed from 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., seven days a week.

The project has two phases of construction. In mid-December there will be a winter shut down, with work resuming on Phase 1 in early April. Phase 2 is anticipated to begin in May 2020 and will include a 21 day full closure of the Cedar Lane Road and Marl Pit Road intersection. Another notice will be sent out at that time to inform motorists of the closure and to provide detour routes.

A Roundabout is a circular intersection that moves traffic counterclockwise around a central island. Often confused with traditional "traffic circles", one way modern roundabouts differ is that they feature traffic calming qualities that encourage drivers to reduce their speed through the intersection. The design of a roundabout also reduces the need for direct left turns, which are a major cause of intersection crashes, thereby increasing the overall safety aspect of the intersection.

For additional information regarding roundabouts please visit: https://deldot.gov/Programs/roundabouts/index.shtml